After a season stymied by illness, Ryder Hesjedal announces he'll retire this year. But he's motivated for the Canadian WorldTour races.
Ryder Hesjedal could be headed to the Tour de France
Despite losing time to GC rivals Tuesday, Canadian Ryder Hesjedal remains optimistic, calm, and realistic with lots of racing left at the Giro.
“I won this race,” Ryder Hesjedal reminded me a year ago in his slow, low voice. He stood with his back to the Matterhorn, deep into the third week of the Giro d’Italia, minutes after racing, once again, like the Hesjedal of 2012 — at the front, sniffing victory, still so laid back he was almost horizontal. […]
The eight North Americans starting the 2016 Giro range from a former champ to four debutants at the Italian grand tour.
Former Giro champ Ryder Hesjedal was close to retirement, but the Trek team offered him a chance to have a fresh start in 2016.
Trek-Segafredo's three new North American additions will debut in 2016 at the Santos Tour Down Under.
Three new North Americans bolster Trek Factory Racing, which has a renewed focus on stage racing and a slightly smaller squad.
The Canadian says he's got 77 race days under his belt this season, including both the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France.